McConnell, Grimes to face off for Kentucky Senate seat

McConnell and Grimes Kick Off An Epic Battle

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell bested tea party challenger Matt Bevin to win the Republican nomination Tuesday in the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, according to the Associated Press.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes won the Democratic primary. She and McConnell will face off in the general election in November. Grimes was long considered the front-runner. She represents one of Democratsโ€™ best hopes in picking up a Republican Senate seat.

McConnell congratulated Bevin on a โ€œhard-fought campaignโ€ and called on Kentucky Republicans to unite.

โ€œThis race has always been much bigger than one candidate,โ€ McConnell said in his victory speech. โ€œItโ€™s about the kind of state we want. Itโ€™s about the kind of country we want. Itโ€™s about restoring America. And it starts tonight.โ€